Be sure your employer understands that continued breastfeeding, and providing your milk by pumping at work, are not just good for your baby - they also are good for the company. Evidence indicates that employer support for continued breastfeeding, and the breast-pumping breaks it requires, results in fewer employee absences and increased worker productivity. This makes sense when you consider that:
- your breastfed, or breast milk-fed, baby is less likely to develop many kinds of infectious illnesses, so you are less likely to take days off to care for a sick baby.
- you are less likely to be distracted on the job because you had to leave a sick baby with a sitter or because you are concerned about milk production or some other breastfeeding-related issue.
- if you are able to pump every few hours, you are less likely to develop a mastitis (breast infection) - a situation that may require that you take one or more days off work.
Other work place issues to consider might include the following:
- Will you be able to take breast-pumping breaks close to your baby's feeding schedule or must pumping wait for scheduled work-site breaks and lunch periods?
- Is there a place where you may go to pump or express your breast milk privately?
- Is there a refrigerator to store breast milk in during the day, or do you need to bring an insulated cooler for storage?
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